Best Holiday Charitable Giving in Southeast Michigan
Great organizations that help you and your family donate, give or volunteer to the less fortunate in 2014 in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties
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The holiday season is all about giving. Help make someone's spirits a little brighter by partnering with a charitable organization this holiday season. Bonus: You and your family get to spend some quality time together – all while helping worthy local groups. Or, if time's at a premium, why not make a donation to a great cause? Metro Parent gathered details from some great nonprofit charities in southeast Michigan. Browse this list to see where your family can volunteer – or give to – this holiday season.
- Addresses: 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor; 40500 Ann Arbor Road, Suite 102, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-662-5999 (Ann Arbor line)
- Hours: Volunteers are needed 24/7
Arbor Hospice offers comfort and support to caregivers and patients who face life-limiting illnesses. Volunteers can offer support to caregivers and patients – or donate time helping with administrative tasks. Interested in financially supporting the organization? That option is available, too.
Area Agency on Aging, Meals on Wheels
- Address: 1333 Brewery Park Blvd., Detroit
- Phone: 313-446-4444, ext. 5605
- Hours: Vary; holiday Meals on Wheels usually morning shifts
- Address: 29100 Northwestern Highway, Suite 400, Southfield (serving Oakland, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties)
- Phone: 800-852-7795
- Hours: Vary
The Area Agency on Aging provides a Holiday Meals on Wheels program, and Meals on Wheels throughout the year. You can also donate to both organizations. For more details on each program and what is needed, visit their websites.
- Address: 17560 Helro, Fraser
- Phone: 586-415-6968 (or email Jeanne Fowler firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Holiday hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
- Regular hours: hours vary; please call ahead
Big Family of Michigan strives to serve the needs of Michigan's foster children and young adults. You and your family can help out this holiday season by shopping and wrapping gifts. Or, you can host a drive for winter gear and toys.
- Addresses: Conner kitchen (serves working families and seniors), 4390 Conner St., Detroit; Meldrum kitchen (serves chronically poor), 1264 Meldrum St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-822-8606, ext. 217 (Conner); 313-579-2100, ext. 215 (Meldrum)
- Hours: Call ahead for details
Volunteerism is at the heart of this long-time local program, from preparing food in the kitchen and serving meals to guests to building pantry boxes and packing meat (in warm weather, there's also a chance to pitch in at its Earthworks Urban Farm). Young and old are welcome to help: It's rewarding hard work, the website says. Check ahead to see when you can jump in.
- Address: 11850 Woodrow Wilson St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-883-2277, ext. 203 (talk to Sue Pethoud)
- Hours: Open 24/7; volunteers work 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. any day of the week except Sunday mornings
This Detroit-based charity works throughout the metro Detroit area to provide food, health, housing and jobs in places overcome with poverty. You and your kids (over age of 12 preferred) can volunteer to work in the kitchen, help with maintenance or assist with Cass Green Industries.
- Address: 26 Peterboro St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-831-3777
- Hours: Call for details
Based in Detroit, COTS provides emergency shelter for the homeless and families in need, complete with beds and food. COTS also offers transitional housing and permanent supportive housing. Volunteer or donate to the holiday meal program (must be 14 or older). Toys and gifts for needy families welcome. COTS is also accepting various items for families, including school supplies, baby bottles, diapers, children's uniforms, sheets and towels, canned foods and more. Contact them to find out about opportunities to give.